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Hi everyone. My name is Sam and I am a new owner of a Pearson 34 which I will sail in and around Narragansett Bay.
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What port in NB do you sail from?


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Welcome.
I would highly recommend that you install a set of Spurs on your prop shaft as, from my experience, the fishermen figure they own every single inch of that bay and the USCG can't be bothered to do their job and insure there are navigable channels without fishing buoys anywhere in the bay.
Enjoy your new boat and sailing there.

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I understand that the people that clean the bottom of vessels are not fans of spurs. I have never scrubbed the bottom of a vessel with one myself, and I scrub my bottom several times each summer.

I am not trying to refute the above post, but I have sailed and taught throughout Narragansett Bay for the past 10 years without a spur or line cutter on the prop of any of the vessels under my command. The situation with pot-proliferation is not as bad as it is in the Gulf of Maine (where I have also sailed and taught sailing - without a spur attached). Maintaining an attentive lookout is your best defense.

The only time that my boat has been snagged on the prop while in Narragansett Bay was this past August when my wife was at the helm. I was distracted with something, and she was at the helm as we were motoring. She had us headed directly into the sunset, when she guided the boat through a line of pots. We were outside the channel between Prudence and Patience. I retrieved the offending line and float with a boat hook, cut it, tied the float back on the line, and we were back on our way again in under 20 minutes.

I was sailing near the southern tip of Cuttyhunk in July when a pot (which must have been submerged because no one aboard saw it) became caught on the rudderpost between the rudder and the hull. I had just tacked when the boat stopped dead in the water. Looking under the hull, I noticed a line trailing us. A spur would not have helped us in this situation. Once again, I retrieved the line with a boat hook, cut us free, reattached the float (which was dragged under when I released it), and we resumed our journey.

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I certainly don't have the experience there that you do, but when I was up there the fishermen tended to mark their pots with white plastic water or Clorox bottles, so any day there was chop on the water they were near invisible.
However, I cannot abide the total disrespect for others that it takes to crowd pot floats into the marked navigable channels as the Narragansett Bay fishermen do, and I do get a lot of pleasure when my Spurs do their job.
As for bottom cleaners not liking Spurs, it is the responsibility of the boat owner to inform any diver they hire that there are Spurs on the shaft and after that I see no reason to concern oneself with what the diver may do to themselves. Situational awareness is every bit as important under the water as it is on deck.

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Welcome to Sailnet Sam, hoping we have not scared you away.
Much good info here and as you can see some different opinions/way of seeing things,
which is generally good as one can decide for themselves what makes sense.

Great boat and great cruising grounds, Enjoy!
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Not scared in the least... I sincerely appreciate all of the ideas, comments and suggestions that my post has generated. I’ve actually made a replacement part now with some finished ply but to keep it from any moisture I’ve added a few pieces of channel PVC (used for framing PVC lattice I believe) so the Wood sits 1/4 inch off the deck. I also added holes for air circulation based on a calculation per sq ft of the holes in the pegboard. Time will tell how it performs and it’s durability. In any case I appreciate all the help and comments.
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Not scared in the least... I’ve actually made a replacement part now with some finished ply but to keep it from any moisture I’ve added a few pieces of channel PVC (used for framing PVC lattice I believe) so the Wood sits 1/4 inch off the deck. I also added holes for air circulation based on a calculation per sq ft of the holes in the pegboard. ...
What was the part you made? We love hearing about DIY projects on here.

I'd ask you to post a photo, but I believe that photo posting is blocked for new members until they have posted a certain number of posts, to discourage spammers.
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It was a divider to replace the old pegboard divider installed between the engine compartment and the sail locker/lazerette.
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What port in N[arragansett] B[ay] do you sail from?
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